Back when I was pregnant, I started going to a weekly women's circle every Friday morning. The real beauty of this circle is that it's main intention is to energize and to be a mirror for each other's greatness in the world. My friend Roben, who facilitates it for us, has a vision for her life that involves raising the energy of every person she comes in contact with. This is her truth and she speaks of it passionately, and furthermore, she puts it into action all the time. I hear it in her stories about her week--and experience it first hand when I'm around her.
She told me that she is serious about this vision. So serious that she has created a business around it--one that is actually thriving. But it's not just contained to business--it is woven into all her relationships and experiences in her life. Monetary or not.
Roben expressed to me once that she believes in doing this work at any cost because she's not just doing it for herself--she is doing it for the next generation and the generation after that. She is doing it to help them have a better world to live in. A different reality.
The thing is, Roben's vision--her life's work- has actually changed me and how I want to approach my own life's work through Dirty Footprints Studio.
In our weekly women's circle, Roben has taught us a new way of communicating with one another about our life stories that not only keeps us rooted in the present--but makes us dive deep into what is organically great and special about ourselves--and stay there. In that energy. Not to get caught up in the things that drag us down or deplete us. Or to spend our time analyzing or processing things that are already passed.
This work that we do together in our women's circle has transformed lives literally. Just in myself, it has made me even more self reliant, confidant, trusting, and open to share. I always leave there wanting too to raise the energy of everyone I come in contact with--and I have found that I practice this more and more daily. I found that this is becoming a deeper part of who I am.
This past Friday was my second year anniversary of leaving my job to devote my time and energy fully to Dirty Footprints Studio. Early that morning I tried to write a blog post to celebrate this second year of being a self sustainable Artist--and what it means to me now--but my words were not gelling. It just wasn't happening. So instead, I let it go and went to our women's circle and then received an hour massage from one of the women while the other ladies watched over Phoenix for me. I spent the rest of my day just being lazy--hanging out with my little guy--and honestly reflecting on what Dirty Footprints Studio means to me now and where I envision it heading.
This past year was one of the most expanding years of my life. No, I didn't make six figures or gain the adoration of tens of thousands of followers or grow my business with leaps and bounds. But I did do what I set out to do when I started two years ago--and that is deepen my connection to Creative Source.
For me, my business is sacred because it is a true expression of my life's work. It is a barometer that reflects the fluidity of my life--and my commitment to staying in the flow with Creative Source. It is my unique way of raising the energy of those I am blessed to serve and share with.
My vision for Dirty Footprints Studio is a sacred space for women to strengthen their own connection with their Creative Source. My job in Dirty Footprints Studio is to guide women to ruthlessly trust their innate wisdom and to inspire them in being the strong, radiant beings that God created us to be.
This is the core of what I do....and I do this through FEARLESS Painting, building community, and sharing my life with you in this blog.
As I venture into my third year of this journey, I wish to deepen my business, rather than grow it bigger. I wish to strengthen my connection to Creative Source and raise the energy of all that I am blessed to serve.
And I wish to do all of this softly, gently, and always grounded in love.
Simple as that.